Out of the Rat Trap: Desert Adventures with Rommel

Out of the Rat Trap Desert Adventures with Rommel A rare memoir offers fascinating insight into Rommel s Afrikakorps and an entertaining account of a daring escape from the Allied ArmyFor the Austrian Max Reisch pioneer international motorist and wr

  • Title: Out of the Rat Trap: Desert Adventures with Rommel
  • Author: Max Reisch Alison Falls
  • ISBN: 9780752490076
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • A rare memoir offers fascinating insight into Rommel s Afrikakorps and an entertaining account of a daring escape from the Allied ArmyFor the Austrian Max Reisch, pioneer international motorist and writer of the 1930s, World War II offered yet opportunities for adventure Here is his lively account of his time with a vehicle maintenance unit of the Afrikakorps in LibyA rare memoir offers fascinating insight into Rommel s Afrikakorps and an entertaining account of a daring escape from the Allied ArmyFor the Austrian Max Reisch, pioneer international motorist and writer of the 1930s, World War II offered yet opportunities for adventure Here is his lively account of his time with a vehicle maintenance unit of the Afrikakorps in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia On forays into the desert at the wheel of a captured Jeep, searching out wrecked vehicles for spare parts, he visited the fabulous oasis of Siwa and dug his way out of the sinister minefield of Minqar Qaim Seeing German defeat as inevitable, he hatched several escape plans and finally, with no experience of the sea, acquired a dilapidated fishing boat and some rudimentary navigation skills He avoided capture at Tunis and, despite damage to the boat, set sail for Sicily together with seven comrades and one small dog Running the blockade of Allied warships and weathering a sudden storm, his motley crew succeeded against the odds.

    One thought on “Out of the Rat Trap: Desert Adventures with Rommel”

    1. Great adventure story with the Second World War in the background. Written by a man with no desire to fight, but still do his part for his nation and with his time in the Afrika Korps giving him opportunities for little desert adventures. This is the story of a man driven by his lust for adventure and his will to not be a prisoner. The story is not about the war, but about life during the North African Campaign for German soldiers.

    2. While this is a very interesting story about a overlooked event in WW2 it will disappointed someone looking for a broader perspective of the two year battle. It is really a series of stories (all true and involving the same person) that touch on a limited amount of his two year service in North Africa. Since there is so little available from the German perspective I would recommend this book even though I was hoping for more detail.

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